Today (Sept. 14) Amy Winehouse, one of the purest and most troubled talents in the industry, would have turned 33 years old. While her life and career were both cut too short, the music that she left behind will live for decades to come. In remembrance of Amy, here's a look at seven of her most iconic lyrics.
"We only said goodbye with words/ I died a hundred times/ You go back to her/ And I go back to black"
"Back to Black," also the name of Winehouse's final studio album, brilliantly expresses the way it feels to say "goodbye" to someone on the outside without truly being able to let them go or move on -- instead, one fades to black. The song was written by Winehouse and Mark Ronson, who also produced the track.
"I always have to comfort you when I'm there/ But that's what I need you to do, stroke my hair/ ‘cause I've forgotten all of young love's joy/ Feel like a lady, and you my lady boy"
"Stronger Than Me," from Winehouse's debut album, Frank, is a take on dealing with the frustration of dating somebody who may be older in age, but acts immature and needs to be taken care of. The track won the prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting award for Best Contemporary Song Musically and Lyrically.
"He walks away/ The sun goes down/ He takes the day/ But I'm grown/ And in your way/ In this blue shade/ My tears dry on their own"
A lesson in picking up the pieces and moving forward despite the challenges, "Tears Dry on Their Own" is a powerful song that reminds us not to sweat things we can't control. Winehouse holds her head high and offers herself new perspective.